Sergej Vutuc's New Show "In The Presence of Absence" Up In San Francisco

February 14, 2018

Sergej Vutuc, the focus of the Picture Book department in our October 2017 issue, is hosting a show of his photography at The Growlery in San Francisco, titled In The Presence of Absence. Check out the flyer and a selection of his work from our October issue in the gallery below.

Vutuc on the work in this new show: "The work is about observing the (over)development of modern society and the privatization of public space; nature being conquered by concrete, concrete being conquered by the subversive act of skating. The work is based in nomadic movement through space and time, an endless sense of mobility, existence in between cities, countries, borders, worlds etc. Contested spaces, such as Fukushima, Detroit, Chernobyl, Israel and Palestine — strong symbols of ongoing human error and conflict, mistakes and misdirections in socioeconomic development. Then there is the documentation of this ever-shifting landscape (physical and symbolic) through analog photography, publishing zines, mounting exhibitions, making music, drawing on walls, constant collaboration (as the essence of human creative exchange) and generally non-stop action and movement; fragmenting, altering, rearranging reality over and over, as necessary. One must also follow the natural human urge to expand one’s consciousness, to live in parallels, through imagination. Skate culture is one of many contemporary social subcultures whose philosophy is based on human playfulness, a re-imagining and restructuring of reality, and the use of open space as a freedom of expression. The analog photo process allows for altering and scratching the film, another manipulation and questioning of (documented) reality. While music and sound allows instant connection with the viewer, and reaction from audience. All of this combined unifies the space of the work and allows a complete transformative experience. The energy created in this visual/soundscape confronts the viewer, challenging them to (re)see the strength and fragility of human relationships, family, tradition, intimacy, personal and global conflict. The work functions to shift our perception reality, humanity, and society in general."